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Lost and found melodies (did we skip day 10?)

“This melody, which was played at some point on a real horn—well, maybe it was real; who knows?—has now passed through radio waves and magnetic tape and digital memory, into the mind of a brilliant arranger and back out into … Continue reading

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Day 9, not just a number

Photography by Adam Wiseman / design for the exhibition ‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi‘ / Crossing Africa and the Sahara by Truck (via MeFi) / it’s a small thing, but Prospect Cottage has has been saved. Dungeness … Continue reading

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A small chunk of playtime (day 8)

Bucharest Modernism, photographs by Bogdan Anghel (at FVF) / Announcing the launch of Wallpaper*’s DIY Poster Campaign / Waveform is a new free DAW / A collection of web browser toys / pedals from the Caroline Guitar Company / tales … Continue reading

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Part 7 already? That’s a whole week

Google cancels its infamous April Fools’ jokes this year. Will they ever come back? / Corona Virus Fuck, Figura Sonora by Marco Falossi, 2020 / Electric Pipe Dream, a tumblr / Paris lockdown leaves streets stuck in 1942 for abandoned … Continue reading

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Things to do, part 6 (of a multi-part series)

This coming July was due to host Small Press Day, an event that’ll now be postponed or cancelled until 2021. It sent us off to places like Dizzy Ink, which pointed us towards this Brief History of DIY and Small … Continue reading

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Things to do, part 5

Virtual realms to explore at Text Adventures, e.g. Zork / play the 30th anniversary edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / the Library of Congress’ John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive (via Open Culture and Coudal) / Sketchfab … Continue reading

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Things to do, part 4

Peckham on film / a couple of free albums from Nine Inch Nails / is this the Airbnb Apocalypse? / a different time in music, Secrets from the Canyon / RIP Michael Sorkin, architecture critic / Martin Molin and Wintergatan … Continue reading

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Things to do, part 3

Self Quarantine Adult Activity Book, courtesy of McSweeney’s / ‘Ready Steady Cook meets 28 Days Later’: Jack Monroe’s Lockdown Larder, cooking tips for the back of the cupboard (via MeFi) / The Comfort of Childhood Media During Lockdown / thank … Continue reading

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Things to do, part 2

The coronavirus pandemic is a game changer for mental health care / Guardian collection: a photo essay about Narco Submarines / Nick Cave in pictures / how we made Never Gonna Give You Up / MeFi CV gaming round-up / … Continue reading

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Things to do today

Some of the bright spots amongst all the gloom are the pointers to interesting content, old and new, that are springing up all around the web. Diversions and distractions they may be, but they’re also a nod back to the … Continue reading

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Not enough to keep you occupied for more than half an hour

The Case of the Missing Hit, already hailed as a legendary podcast episode (via tmn, amongst other places) / the ten most sampled basslines / a reddit for isolated vocals / Mi.Mu Gloves, as created by Imogen Heap. Explainer / … Continue reading

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls

Articles spotted round and about / Is Something Behind the Waterfall? (via RPS) / also at RPS, the most satisfying architecture in PC games / storage through the decades. The Life of a Data Byte, a Rambling from Jessie (via … Continue reading

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It’s easy if you try

Architecture and design, forgetting, remembering and losing sight. We all have short memories when it comes to interior design: The Tyranny of Terrazzo Will the millennial aesthetic ever end?. See also, When everything is “curated,” what does the word even … Continue reading

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From the sublime to the ridiculous to the sociopathically awful

A totally mixed bag today. What’s the logic of inverting the controls? / ‘Ping the Herb Guy’ Is London Chefs’ Go-To Dealer / music by Kainos / adorable mini camper vans / adorable miniature pop-up books / illustration by Becca … Continue reading

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What lies beneath

Landscapes of chemical and biological warfare, a project by photographer Dara McGrath entitled ‘Project Cleansweep: Beyond the Post Military Landscape of the United Kingdom’. Project Cleansweep was launched by the Ministry of Defence in 2007 to investigate ’14 former chemical … Continue reading

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For Connoisseurs Of Everything

Daniel Gray’s excellent Meanwhile newsletter now has an archive. File alongside Kottke’s twitter and Coudal as a regular source of inspiration. Related, the current iteration of Kottke is 15 today / comparing Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite and Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle … Continue reading

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Letters of note

This Chinese Factory Makes $100,000 Architectural Models / see also the models of Made by Mistake printing money, visualising spending / here’s where some of that money went: an underground missile complex on 14.73 acres of land, yours for $495,000 … Continue reading

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Artistic endeavours

This and that. Art by Joël Penkman. There’s also a movie, courtesy of the Handsome Frank agency, which makes short films about its illustrators and artists / also using egg tempera, the exacting interiors of Andrew Grassie / Soviet Space … Continue reading

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Sleeping giants

Otto’s Greenhouse at Architectural After-life. Yes, it’s ruin porn, but at least there’s a decent dose of history in there too / what will the ruins look like after Donald Trump’s War on Architecture? There were some German guys who … Continue reading

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No great surprises

Why do so many bad drivers have luxury cars? A new study blames ‘disagreeable’ men: ‘A new study out of Finland has found that argumentative and egotistical men are particularly likely to drive cars like Mercedes, Audis or BMWs, and … Continue reading

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